Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

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Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by dshap » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:31 pm

All the G-Shock talk around here got me thinking (not a good thing), and it felt like a good time to buy something cheap and fun. I thought about a lot of different models, and the more I looked the more it felt ok spending real money on a G. When I bought my first G, I couldn't imagine spending more than 50 bucks, but I decided that if I would actually wear the watch and not relegate it solely to beater duty, why think about it differently than any other watch.

At first I wanted a red G with a negative display, but the model I wanted (GW7900) is sold out, and I refuse to pay a premium for a G. Then I decided that whichever one I bought would have to be colorful, because I figured that I would wear the G on days when I felt like wearing a crazy watch, and a black one wouldn't interest me in the same way. I went to the mall last weekend to have a look at G's, and came across this Frogman (GF-8250). Macys had the Frog in their case, and when I tried it on it just felt right. It is huge, wild and crazy, and that is exactly what I wanted in a G.

It is not an atomic model, but has all the other features that you could want. There's a chrono, countdown timer, world time, moon phase, tide graph, dive timer, and maybe some other stuff that I haven't figured out yet (my other G doesn't have a countdown timer, and I think this will be one of the most useful features for me).

The watch has a very different feeling than my other G. It doesn't seem like a digital watch, but more like a dive tool. It's probably due to the asymmetrical shape and weird stuff going on all over the place that I don't feel like I'm wearing a geeky digital watch, instead I feel like I'm ready to jump in the ocean with an air tank on my back.

Many people say the Frogmen are too expensive for a plastic watch, but I'll give you my thoughts on that. First, they are made in Japan and not China or Taiwan. The watch is built more like a "real" watch than my other G. If you look at the pic of the caseback, so you can see that it has lugs and a springbar. The watch is actually a SS case covered in a plastic shroud, so it's basically just a digital watch with a protective cover- not a "plastic" watch. The list price is $450, but I got mine on Ebay for $300, so I'm happy.

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Case-back with the diving frog:

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Here's a size comparison to the GW-530 and the SEAL. The Frogman is really big, but not overwhelming at all on my ~7.5" wrist.

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And one of the coolest features:

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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by patstarrx » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:33 pm

:fro:
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Post by jimyritz » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:48 pm

Very cool David...That is a big watch.... :thumbsup:

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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by dukerules » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:43 pm

I like it. It's sure as hell not subtle.

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Post by tmw » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:25 pm

:thatshot:
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Post by hobbit712 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:55 pm

Love the yellow! Congrats on a great pick up. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by sharkfin » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:56 pm

:thatshot:

Awesome buy! Totally dig this new froggie.

The froggies are my fav, so this is an easy pick.

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Post by SCM64 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:37 pm

Nice grab. :cheers:
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Post by apnk » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:46 pm

Awesome! Congrats!

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Post by aikiman44 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:59 pm

Like Frogs!
Like yellow! :thumbsup:
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Post by cali kid » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:58 pm

:cheers: Lovin' the yellow G :rock:
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Post by matt.wu » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:58 pm

David's got yellow fever. :ugeek:
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Post by dshap » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:06 pm

matt.wu wrote:David's got yellow fever. :ugeek:

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Post by el presidente » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:44 am

Cool :gayumbrella:
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Post by patstarrx » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:53 am

Shap design a strap for it.. and fiqure out how to put it on :)
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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by BSears » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:42 am

:thatshot: and then some, David. Nice snag! :fro:

When I first saw that pic yesterday, I thought it was an older "vintage" model - but those didn't have tide graphs. I had no idea Casio did essentially a re-issue of this one. Pretty sweet I must say. Those original yellow frogs (can't remember the model number) were JDM only back in the day - you said you saw this same one at Macy's? Cool - I might have to make a trip to the mall this weekend. ;)
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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by dshap » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:46 am

Right Brad, this is a re-release pretty much of the classic Men in Yellow Frogman, but updated with a new module that makes it a Tough Solar model, and adds the tidegraph and whatever else.
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Post by aikiman44 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:54 am

BTW, Amazon has most colors in the 7900 series.

http://www.amazon.com/Casio-G7900A-4-G- ... 997&sr=8-2
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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by dshap » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:08 am

aikiman44 wrote:BTW, Amazon has most colors in the 7900 series.

http://www.amazon.com/Casio-G7900A-4-G- ... 997&sr=8-2

Unfortunately not the Men In Burning Red model, which is red with a negative display- my favorite 7900.
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Post by KWIATEK » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:04 am

Yellow Frog.. it doesn't blend in :fro:
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Post by giosdad » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:22 am

dshap wrote:
aikiman44 wrote:BTW, Amazon has most colors in the 7900 series.

http://www.amazon.com/Casio-G7900A-4-G- ... 997&sr=8-2

Unfortunately not the Men In Burning Red model, which is red with a negative display- my favorite 7900.
There is this one, though it is not direct from Amazon and I guess comes at a mark up.

http://www.amazon.com/G-Shock-Atomic-Bu ... 23&sr=1-21
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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by dshap » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:39 am

giosdad wrote:
dshap wrote:
aikiman44 wrote:BTW, Amazon has most colors in the 7900 series.

http://www.amazon.com/Casio-G7900A-4-G- ... 997&sr=8-2

Unfortunately not the Men In Burning Red model, which is red with a negative display- my favorite 7900.
There is this one, though it is not direct from Amazon and I guess comes at a mark up.

http://www.amazon.com/G-Shock-Atomic-Bu ... 23&sr=1-21

I'm 99% sure the MSRP was $150. It's a cool watch, but paying a 50% premium seems a little crazy.
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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by apnk » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:37 am

dshap wrote:
giosdad wrote:
dshap wrote:
aikiman44 wrote:BTW, Amazon has most colors in the 7900 series.

http://www.amazon.com/Casio-G7900A-4-G- ... 997&sr=8-2

Unfortunately not the Men In Burning Red model, which is red with a negative display- my favorite 7900.
There is this one, though it is not direct from Amazon and I guess comes at a mark up.

http://www.amazon.com/G-Shock-Atomic-Bu ... 23&sr=1-21

I'm 99% sure the MSRP was $150. It's a cool watch, but paying a 50% premium seems a little crazy.
It is 150.

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Re: Ribbit, Ribbit.... The Frogman Is Here

Post by SuperLeo » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:10 pm

looking pretty sweet.
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